Bistrot La Minette

4.8
3446 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Bistrot La Minette is the realization of Chef Peter Woolsey's dream that began a decade ago during his earliest days studying in France: to create a restaurant that would share his love of the authentic bistrot experience with his fellow Philadelphians.Chef Peter pays great respect to the traditional dishes that he creates and honors the classical French methods required to achieve unparalleled bistrot cuisine. Both savory and pastry menus are ever evolving to reflect the seasons, the availability of the best ingredients and the inspiration of the chef. They are drawn from the various regions of France and the multitude of delicacies that each has to offer. The service is both efficient and warm, rooted in a foundation of hospitality and caring for our guests.
Our goal is for Bistrot La Minette to be accessible to all guests that enjoy superb food and wine, and the company of their companions: hoping to evoke their best memories-or dreams-of traditional French bistrot dining.

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vipPeterF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favorite places. The food has always been great. However last night I had the fresh truffles on the chicken. The had no taste and no aroma. I think they were too long under a heat lamp. But whatever they like little pieces of cardboard. I know you can do better

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MichaelM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Walking in the front door is like being transported to a cafe in Paris. The ambiance is instantly recognizable for anyone that has traveled through Europe. The atmosphere is lively but not loud so you can easily hear your table mates speaking as a normal conversational volume. The food is simply the best. Staples of French cuisine impeccably prepared and served.

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vipiworkherenow
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful as always. Feels incredibly great to be back. All our love to Richard!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had a great experience dining here. The escargot are my favorite appetizer. My husband chose the fisherman eggs with mussels, his favorite. The entree selection always has an interesting variety and I ordered pork loin stuffed with apricots and he had the vegetable dumpling.

Combined with an attentive waitstaff who gave us just the right balance of attention and privacy, we love Bistrot. Love it.

And the desserts.... Well, fabulous

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JayB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We sat outside on the "Terrace". we arrived at 5:15 for a 5:30 reservation and they (hostess, bartender and someone else) basically told us that they were not open yet and that we had to wait outside. I asked whether we could order an cocktail in the meantime and was immediately shutdown. So we seated ourselves. Not a great street location but given the current circumstances i understand. We were of course ready when the waiter did appear sometime after 5:30. I could not have an espresso martini, then asked for a tequila and club, they didn't have either. As I tried to explore other options, it continued to be difficult so we settled on a Yards Ale for me and a Diet Coke for my date. The escargot was just Ok (and I love Escargot). The CEuf du pecheur (mussels and poached egg)was fabulous. We decided to stop and have dinner elsewhere due to the experience we were having. The waiter was fine and very attentive but this establishment gave us the feeling that we should have felt priveleged to be there rather than the other way around. I cannot wrap my head around the way that we were greeted. i am sure that two minutes to walk us to a tabel and provide at least some water would not have been to difficult. Probably will not go back.

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vipLizG
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great wait staff. A real gem. Went for a birthday dinner and they did not disappoint.

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vipEuvites
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parisian authenticity at its best. The escargot are a “must order” here. They are delicious, and they are resented in a delightful and Instagram-worthy fashion.

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vipLinus
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner!!!!

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BarbaraC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent across the board. This place never disappoints.

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CarterZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and very serious French menu. Great bistro food. The service was friendly and highly professional.

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vipBuckheitl11
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We received a gift card as a birthday present, but had never been to the restaurant before. Our experience was wonderful!! Our server was incredibly knowledgeable and guided us expertly in terms of wine. Our food was also incredible. I had the beef tartare and the trout, which melted in my mouth. My fiancé had the chilled soup and the vegetarian dumplings and also loved their meals! Can’t recommend highly enough!

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HowardO
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and ambience was wonderful. Felt like a French bistro.

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vipChris
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. Just wow. Our server, Sebastian, was the absolute epitome of five star service. He paired wines with each course as if he had personally worked at each vineyard, and handpicked the grapes himself. We felt like the chef had prepared our dishes as if his/her life depended on it. Absolutely amazing cuisine. Sebastian also hand crafted our cocktails, and frankly would put most bartenders/mixologists to absolute shame. It was not just a pleasure but an absolute honor to spend our date night in your space. Thank you all so much for your hospitality. Anyone who does not dine here are doing a massive disservice to their persona of what a dining experience should be.

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JohnE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Our server Sebastian was both personable and knowledgeable. All in all, Bistro La Minette is superb. Will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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vipSuzanne
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, with fun and accommodating service. Loved everything about the experience!

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JohnA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my wife. Superb food; excellent service. Merci.

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vipJanzer
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, as always! So glad to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was fantastic, attentive, and the food was amazing. We would definitely dine again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely perfect experience from start to finish!

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DrRose510
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The duck was exceptional, delicious and crispy,albeit slightly salty.
The escargot was very good as well, except those tiny containers were not steady and moved a lot, making it difficult to remove the hot escargot.
Dessert was lovely.
Highly recommend and will be back!

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Lisas
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous, as always! So glad they survived the pandemic!

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vipdesire4quiet
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Always special. First time back for us in 2021 and it was a celebration. Vichyssoise froide and mille fueille aux framboises were amazing

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vipJimA
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waitstaff and food. A favorite - glad they're back!

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AndrewW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and superb service. Highly recommend to anyone in the neighborhood.

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Parisienne
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is the only restaurant in Phildelphia which i have been to which is truly French. And I have tried them all. It is an incredible achievement since the owners aren’t French! I come here when I’m homesick and any other time I just want good food.

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vipNick
Philadelphia
136 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a true neighborhood gem. The food is great and the service is efficient and friendly. It’s truly like being transported to France. It’s great to have them back.

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vipMsAyeGee
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service excellent. We arrived early for our reservation, but we were seated immediately. Escargot and fois gras were excellent, Mac and cheese to die for. Butter so salty, it brought new meaning to salted butter. Rabbit tender with delicious sauce. Confit de canard a bit salty but also quite tender. Desserts a mixed bag: the Mille feuille aux framboise was quite pretty and tasty. The Bouchon au chocolat was over baked and hard. Quite a disappointment.
Would I give them another try? Absolutely.

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vipventnorlovesfood
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back! The food, wine, service, vibe were all terrific.

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vipreikiferret
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food (filet, rabbit, creme brûlée) were mouth-wateringly good.
The service was attentive and knowledgeable.
The restaurant is as excellent as ever.

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vipSjm2014
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro La Minette is just as amazing as it always has been. Perfect for a special occasion. Amazing service delicious food.

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BettieK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant with great food and service! Highly recommended!

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vipLawrence
Philadelphia
106 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well we missed them during the pandemic and were hoping against hope they’d be able to reopen/survive. Well they are back open and close to « full swing »! Our food was delicious - the rabbit ... worth waiting for ! Ouais ! Welcome back !

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vipFoodie
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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vipBucksMark
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris was terrific and the hostess/manager made us feel very welcomed.

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discerningfoodie63
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to feel like you are in old Paris, come here. French music, great vibe, attentive wait staff and delicious food!

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JesseG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First trip since the pandemic closure. Delighted to find it as good as ever, though with a temporarily reduced menu. Made no difference. Wonderful place.

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vipKathyE
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hey Philadelphia treasure. This place will transport you to a French village. The food is to die for. Every dish is perfect.

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vipJohnL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, like eating in France. Great house wine, great drink list. Everything was perfect.

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Bistrot La Minette is rated 4.8 stars by 3446 OpenTable diners.

Bistrot La Minette does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://bistrotlaminette.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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